They are everywhere, although you cannot see them. Dust mites cause sickness and wreak havoc in people’s lives, and fighting them alone is almost impossible. A simple dust mite is a common insect found in dust and debris around your home.
What Are Dust Mites?
Dust mites are tiny insects that measure less than 1/100th of an inch long and are almost impossible to see with the naked eye. They make their home in dust and they like human habitations due to the stable environment and lack of natural predators. Almost every home in the world has dust mites, although their populations are usually kept under control by regular cleaning.
However, upholstery, drapes and carpets can harbor dust, especially in corners, that never get vacuumed. This dust can be a haven for dust mites, causing their populations to increase quickly.
How Gross Is That????
Although dust mites themselves might not seem like such a big deal, especially since you cannot usually see them, you might pause for thought when you realize that allergies, asthma and other illnesses are often triggered not by the insects themselves, but by their fecal matter.
Dust mite fecal matter is a potent allergen that is present in carpets, curtains and upholstery in large quantities when these items are not regularly cleaned. Experts estimate that as many as 1.2 billion people are sensitive to dust mite allergens.
It Gets Worse . . .
Dust mite allergies are not limited to bronchial asthma or breathing difficulties. Dust mite allergies also manifest as eczema, a red, irritated skin rash; watery, itchy eyes; and uncontrolled sneezing. If you wake up in the morning sneezing uncontrollably, it is likely there are dust mites somewhere in the area and you are allergic to them.
Very sensitive people may have serious allergic reactions to dust mites. Some people break out in hives, while others have difficulty breathing. Asthma attacks are common in sensitive people, especially children and the elderly.
What Can I Do?
There are ways to control dust mite populations as well as ways to control the allergic reactions to these ubiquitous pests. One way to control dust mite populations is by using “unfriendly” materials such as plastic covers over mattresses. These materials make it difficult for dust mites to survive.
Another way to fight dust mites is with a thorough cleaning of carpets and upholstery by J&M Keystone. At J&M Keystone, we make it our business to fight dust mites by thoroughly cleaning carpets, bedding, upholstery and other areas of your home that may harbor these dangerous creatures.
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